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Crediton Workhouse Ellen Stentiford George Stediford's trial


It is with real pleasure that we welcome Doreen Norton as our Guest Contributor this month. We first met Doreen after the publication of Sandy Ditzig's article in Issue 11. In an article called Caroline Western's Journal, Sandy told the story of her Great Great Grandmother, Eliza Stentiford. After publication, it soon became apparent that Eliza was the elder sister of Doreen's Great Grandmother, Ellen Stentiford, whose story she tells in this Issue. Doreen and Sandy are now in touch with one another and have begun to create a composite picture of their family.

Many of our readers live outside the UK and like others, have to do all their research during holiday trips to Devon. Please be aware that the Devon Record Office in Exeter is moving to new premises on the outskirts of the town during 2004. As a consequence, it is closing down for a four-month period from May to September next year while the move takes place. The present plan is for a complete shut-down but, also under consideration, is the idea of providing some very limited access to the micro-fiche section of the Parish Records collection for part of this period. This would be in the existing premises in the centre of Exeter but there is no mention of access to the actual Parish Registers or to the micro-film collection of the Bishop's Transcripts. We will publish any decision they make as soon as possible but, in these special circumstances, will be very pleased to carry out research during the winter months for family members likely to be affected by the closure - just use the e-mail link below to contact us. 

Dianne Baird has sent us a quotation from George Bernard Shaw which is particularly apt for an Issue which records George Stediford's appearance at the Old Bailey:

"The danger in tracing your family tree is that you may find an ancestor hanging from a branch, either by his neck or by his tail." Thank you for this, Dianne.

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard


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Crediton Workhouse Ellen Stentiford George Stediford's trial

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